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Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne Paperback – March 3, 2009
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About the Author
David Gaider lives in Edmonton, Alberta, and has worked for video game developer BioWare since 1999. He is the lead writer on the upcoming Dragon Age: Origins role-playing game and has previously worked on such titles as Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of AmnTM, Star Wars ®: Knights of the Old Republic TM, and Neverwinter Nights TM.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a prequel novel to the upcoming video game Dragon Age: Origins, by Bioware. I was reading it more to `get in the mood' for the game than anything, and I had very low expectations, to be honest. And I was blown away.
I'm giving it 4 stars, and that is judging it against all fantasy, not against "pre-generated world" fantasy (novels based on games, movies, tv series, etc). Within that sub-genre it's a 5 star book, easily.
As the story begins, a cruel usurper sits on the throne of Ferelden, and the Rebel Queen has been betrayed and murdered. The only member left of the royal family is young Maric, a charming but slightly inept princeling, now on the run for his life. He soon teams up with a young commoner named Loghain, and the two set off to reunite with the rebel army, and begin the daunting challenge of trying to push the usurper from his ill-gained throne.
There's a bit of game-ness to the book here and there as character classes are mentioned, but it isn't very intrusive and if you didn't know it was a game-prequel novel, you might not even notice it.
The story has everything you could ask for in a fantasy. A noble, seemingly impossible quest, great battles, characters who feel very real, and who interact in ways that also feel very human. A smattering of magic and strange creatures. Joy and pain, victory and defeat. All written with genuine emotion.
A nice change of pace is the way elves are handled, and particularly elves, who are definitely second class citizens in this world, scraping by working as servants and living in squalid quarters of most cities.
All in all, a very, very enjoyable read, and a very 'self-contained' novel.Read more ›
The novel is a prequel to "Dragon Age: Origins" and opens with young Prince Maric fleeing his mother's killers. With the Rebel Queen now dead, the responsibility of overthrowing the Orlesian usurper and reclaiming Ferelden's throne falls to Maric...if he can survive. He meets Loghain, the stoic leader of a rebel group, and is reunited with Rowan, his bride-to-be since birth. With their help, Maric organizes a rag-tag army challenge the Orlesians, growing into his role as Ferelden's next rightful ruler in the process.
Fans of the game are treated to familiar settings and characters along the way; the heroes scramble through the Becillian Forest, encounter Flemeth, traverse the Deep Roads, and align with the Legion of the Dead to give a few examples. We also meet new characters in the form of Katriel, a hired elven bard from Orlais, Meghren, the incapable figurehead placed on Ferelden's throne, and Severan, a conniving mage and Meghren's duplicitous advisor.
Honestly, if you're familiar with fantasy at all, the story presented here is hardly new. In fact, it's something of a staple in the genre: a young, naïve protagonist faces a seemingly insurmountable challenge and must join forces with others while growing into an unfamiliar role to defeat evil and save the day.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for fans who want to know more of the lore, but not a great book on its own. The plot is pretty predictable and the writing is mediocre. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kate
I enjoyed this book. It kind of read like the games at some parts but there was enough, character development, suspense and action to keep my attention. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sarah
I was first introduced to the dragon age world through the Inquisition game, so I really wanted to learn everything I could about his world. Read morePublished 16 days ago by megan
Not really required reading for Dragon Age fans, this book gives you a nice look into who Loghain really was. For backstory on Origins, this is your book.Published 1 month ago by Kevin
This book is a good read for those who play the Dragon Age Origins video game. It's written by David Gaider who is JRR Tolkein of the Dragon Age universe. Read morePublished 2 months ago by fitness buff